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IRIS - Interests & Recruitment in Science. Factors influencing recruitment, retention and gender equity in science, technology and mathematics higher education

Objective

IRIS (Interest & Recruitment in Science) addresses the challenge that few young people (women in particular) choose education and career in science, technology and mathematics (STM). Women represent the greatest recruitment potential to STM; moreover, a higher participation from women may expand the ways of thinking and working within this area and contribute to gender equity. To understand and respond to this challenge, diverse causes and cures must be sought, ranging from school experiences and youth culture via higher education STM curricula and recruitment efforts, up to research department culture, PhD choice and employment patterns. IRIS aims to contribute to understanding and improving recruitment, retention and gender equity patterns in higher STM education. 1. On what priorities, values and experiences do young people base their educational choice? - How may youth's educational choice be interpreted through sociological perspectives on late modern societies? What makes many women turn away from STM? - Which considerations determine choice of PhD research topic for female and male STM students? 2. What are the success factors for efforts aimed at recruiting more (female) students to STM? - What features of STM education, in secondary school and at university level, influence recruitment of (female) students? - What are the effects of STM recruitment initiatives? 3. In what proportions, and for what reasons, do STM students opt out of STM education? - Are there differences in opt-out-rates between countries, institutions and genders? The main instrument will be a questionnaire to be completed by first-year students. All partners will contribute to instrument development, data collection and analysis, each with a specific focus. Questionnaire data will be complemented by literature reviews and smaller quantitative and qualitative studies. Central stakeholders will be brought into the work and results will be disseminated widely.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /natural sciences/mathematics

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 306 857
Administrative Contact
Lars Bernhardsen (Mr.)

Participants (5)

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 132 918
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 143 429
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kathy Brownridge (Ms.)
Inovacijsko-razvojni institut Univerze v Ljubljani
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 113 616
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Slavko Dolinsek (Prof.)
OBSERVA ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 128 376
Address
Viale A Fusinieri 65
36100 Vicenza
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimiano Bucchi (Prof.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 174 388
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)